Free Printable January 2014 Calendar and Planner

Time to start fresh. What are your resolutions for 2014?


Get started for free with digital scrapbooking

Did you know you can get a free trial of the My Digital Studio 2 software for making custom projects? MDS2 is so easy to use and it helps you use all those digital photos. You can make beautiful photo calendars, photo books, frameable artwork, cards, and scrapbook pages. To get started, you need to download and install the software, visit the site for free video tutorials, and try your first project.

Download the Free Trial Software

Go to my demonstrator website, and click on My Digital Studio.

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Easy Online Bookkeeping for Crafters

Do you know if your crafting business is turning a profit? You’d have an easier time if you did your bookkeeping regularly. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare! A micro-business owner like yourself can easily keep books and manage invoicing with the new cloud accounting applications.

Computer or Mobile Device

Online cloud accounting programs are quick to set up, super easy to use, and give your invoices a professional look. They are also available for iPhone, iPad, and Android as an app. I use the Freshbooks iPhone app, and it is very functional for time entry, creating invoices, entering expenses, and pretty much all of the online functions except reports.

Track Expenses

Automatically record expenses by linking your credit card and business bank account to Freshbooks. All you may need to do is edit them to make sure they’re categorized correctly. If you need help getting set up, contact a local Freshbooks Certified Bean Counter for help.

Create and Track Invoices

Upload your company logo to make a professional-looking invoice template. Then enter a few details, choose a customer, and you’re pretty much done. Email your invoice, or print it out and mail it. Easy as that! Track invoice status easily – the app notifies you of payments and shows you which invoices haven’t been paid. It even shows how long invoices have been outstanding, if they’re overdue.

Get Paid Online

The great thing about these programs is they allow your customers to pay invoices online with credit cards, PayPal, and other online payment apps. It’s so easy! Just choose what forms of payment you are set up to receive (if you want to use PayPal, you need a PayPal account, for example).

Get Help With Setup

Contact Gwen at Cayuse Creek Consulting for help getting set up with cloud accounting. She’s a Certified Bean Counter for Freshbooks, and a Wave Pro. She’s also a QuickBooks Online accountant and a member of the SAGE Accountants Network in Canada. Initial consultations are free.

Cloud Accounting Apps


Wave Apps

Free online accounting software for small businesses -- Wave


Five Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for Christmas 2013

Looking for memorable holiday gifts? Here are five unique ideas at a range of price points. Bonus – you’ll be supporting ethical sourcing, recycling/upcycling, and local artisans. Each one is Canadian or has a Canadian connection.

Light and Movement

Need some sparkle this holiday? Brilliant Earth’s gorgeous nature-inspired Wisteria collection is truly covetable. The Wisteria earrings (on left) and ring (far right) are on my wish list! Although Brilliant Earth is based in California, these fine pieces are made with ethically-sourced, conflict-free Canadian diamonds. You can also order custom-made engagement rings and wedding rings.


Toys with Character

Something Sweet Creative Studio makes adorable owls from upcycled fabric. You’ll find them at craft fairs around the Kootenays and online on Facebook.


Luxury hand-made knits and bath products

Ju Tri Luxury Soap and Hand Knitted Items makes soaps, lotions, lip balms, toques, and mittens. This Etsy shop, based in Alberta, Canada, has a Kootenay connection – the owner was born in the West Kootenays.


Clever Paper Crafts

Wintergreen Designs,  on Etsy, sells fabulous Scandinavian-style quilled paper ornaments. Who knew quilling could be so cute? Not to be missed!


Original, Locally-Made Artwork

The Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar, BC is hosting an exhibition and sale for Christmas, featuring artwork by over 100 local artists and craftspeople. One way to make the holidays memorable is to make memories! Visit the gallery for a magical experience this holiday. You’ll find many gift ideas once you’re there. Highly recommended!


Enter the Stampin’ Up! Digital Giveaway on Facebook – ends Nov. 22nd!

Stampin’ Up! is having a giveaway on Facebook for a chance to win our next My Digital Class to help your customers share our excitement about these new classes. When people enter to win, they’ll be hit with all our My Digital Class awesomeness and will get a preview of the classes that will be available for purchase. Those who enter will also get a customized link that they can share with others.

Everyone who enters has a chance to win our next My Digital Class, but those who share their customized link will get their name entered into the drawing one more time for every person that uses their link to enter. So, after you enter, make sure to post your link to the giveaway on your Facebook page, Twitter, e-mails, and anywhere else you hang out online.

You can enter the giveaway starting on Tuesday, November 12. To enter, just go to our My Digital Studio Facebook page ( and follow the links there.

Host a workshop in November and receive a free gift

Not sure about workshops? Find out more about what we do by watching this video.

Call me to book your workshop. You’ll get a free gift at the workshop. Your guests will have a great time making cards for Christmas, and they’ll be entered to win a door prize. Making cards is fun and easy. Try it out!

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